Devendra Banhart reconnected the Isle Of Wight Festival with its hippie heritage today (June 12), playing the event’s Big Top stage.
Despite wearing a respectable tie and cardigan, the American singer-songwriter’s set contained all the spontaneity associated with the island’s classic 1970 festival, and even included a cover of one-hit-wonder Taylor Dayne‘s ‘Tell It To My Heart’.
Paul Butler from The Bees, who are from the Isle Of Wight, also featured on guest backing vocals throughout the show, which featured long jams on the likes of ‘Lover’.
“I wish I was a little bit taller, I wish I was a baller,” Banhart told the crowd in sincere, hushed tones, as he quoted Skee-Lo‘s 1995 hit ‘I Wish’ before introducing set closer ‘I Feel Just Like A Child’.
Earlier, Bombay Bicycle Club had played to a packed crowd on the same stage.
Unlike on their forthcoming acoustic album ‘Flaws’ (out July 12), the Londoners were fully plugged in for the set, which included the likes of ‘Magnet’, ‘Dust On The Ground’ and ‘Open House’.
The band also played new song ‘Bad Timing’ during the early afternoon set.
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